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FUTURE PROJECTS

2022
Resolutions 2022
Of Memory by Helena Ray




PREVIOUS PROJECTS

2021

Familiar Ground w/ Christy Thynne
Familiar Ground w/ Deborah Fielding (Online)
Familiar Ground w/ Andy Macdermott
Familiar Ground w/ Ciara Callaghan
Familiar Ground w/ Alice Boland-Rhodes
Lonely Numbers — Summer Nights #3
Lonely Numbers — Radio (28.08.21)
Familiar Ground w/ Alice Boland-Rhodes (Online)
Lonely Numbers — Summer Nights #2
Familiar Ground w/ Jonny Clapham (Online)
Familiar Ground w/ Saint Akua
Lonely Numbers — Radio (31.07.21)
Familiar Ground w/ Resolve & MKFF
Familiar Ground w/ Jonny Clapham
Lonely Numbers — Summer Nights #1
Matters of Interest x Big Shop Friday

2020
Psst. Print and Record Fair
Stronger Together by Okocha Obasi 💥️
Matters of Interest x Big Shop Friday
THE CLUNKER
The Elephant Room with Dylan Fox
Evening Class
What Is She? with NOHAT
Listen Here!
Starting Something #6
Lonely Numbers Radio Live 02
Hannah Wilson
Monoprinting with Sophie Atkins
Resolutions 2020 – Exhibition
Lonely Numbers Radio Live 01
WALL with Sophie Atkins ︎
Starting Something #5
Resolutions 2020

2019
Quiz: The Christmas with Jonny Clapham
This is an art scene – ORDER NOW
Feature – Dave Hilliard
Feature – Katie Ellen Fields
Starting Something #4
Resolutions 2019

2018
WALL ︎
Starting Something #3
Now on Soundcloud
Starting Something #2
Match Balls
Starting Something
Resolutions 2018

2017
Peppermint
Store Records & Ernest Herb
IF I SHOW YOU MINE!
Publication launch
NO HATS
Supper Clubs 


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Our Last Friday events in the shop since 2019 have been kindly supported by funding from MK Council. We’re also thankful to Milton Keynes Arts Centre, MK Gallery and centre:mk for their continued encouragement and help.

Big Shop Friday Limited is a registered non-profit limited by guarantee no. 11843214

Of Memory a pop up exhibition by Helena Ray


Saturday 15 January | 5pm | Free Entry
Big Shop Friday

Of Memory is a collection of paintings by Helena Ray about the empathic and somatic experience of interpersonal relationships.



 ©Schooldays, Revisited, Helena Ray, 2021.

“I am interested in how we hold people and moments from the past in our bodies, as well as inour brains, and why some memories return to us repeatedly. There are many ways to remembersomeone or something, and I am interested in looking beyond pure recall, instead examiningwhat happens to people when they carry their memories around unspoken.I paint instinctually, moving colours around until a colour combination triggers a memory, eitherfrom my own timeline or something someone has shared with me, and then I begin to tell thestory. I do not know what I am going to paint before I start, and I do not question any decisions Imake whilst I am painting, handing the process over to my somatic memory rather than relyingon conscious decision-making.I often find, once the story has been painted, it feels exorcized, and no longer holds such power.Sometimes I may paint the same story over and over, sometimes I seem to need to paint it only once.”